The IRS has approved and issued Notice 2016-50, Updated Static Mortality Tables for Defined Benefit Pension Plans for 2017. However, they have once again postponed the implementation of using the updated Society of Actuary’s (SOA’s) latest mortality tables issued in 2014 (and updated annually) as the basis for these updates. The Treasury Department and the IRS have proposed new regulations regarding the mortality tables to be used on, or after, January 1, 2018 for determining the minimum funding requirements and determination of lump sum values. For plans that do pay lump sum benefits, this will also affect the determination of the plan’s benefit obligation under ASC 960. These updated tables would take into account the latest SOA’s tables. The delay in these regulations will allow sponsors adequate time to adjust business plans. This comes as a relief to many plan sponsors.
In addition to the proposed IRS changes to mortality tables for funding purposes, the SOA have also released their updated 2016 mortality improvement scales. These updated scales reflect a somewhat smaller improvement in longevity. Projections are continuing to show an improvement in life expectancy, but at a slower rate than originally anticipated.
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